British Online Archives’ latest collection, ‘International relations between America and Britain, 1796-1848’, is a welcome addition to both the American Studies and Representing Britain series.
Drawn from the private papers of Sir Robert Liston and Sir Charles Vaughan—career diplomats who served as the Crown’s representatives in the United States during the periods 1796-1800 and 1825-1835 respectively—the collection offers a comprehensive overview of Anglo-American relations and American domestic politics during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The documents shed light on several important subjects and events, from transatlantic trade and the question of the North East boundary to slavery and the experience of Native Americans under the Jackson administration.
Moreover, Vaughan and Liston’s correspondence includes letters from notable historical figures such as John Quincy Adams, Queen Victoria, Lord Palmerston, and George Washington. Liston’s wife, Henrietta, also kept a journal during her time in Philadelphia which provides a unique insight into everyday life in the early years of the republic.
‘International relations between America and Britain’ is therefore an unparalleled resource for students of the history and international politics of the Anglosphere.
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